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60 Second Verdict: Bohemian Rhapsody

60 Second Verdict: Bohemian Rhapsody

60 Second Verdict: Bohemian Rhapsody

3 November 2018

As in life, so in the biopic - it is the larger-than-life Freddie Mercury who steals the show in Bohemian Rhapsody.

By Mark Hadley

Queen, one of the most popular super-groups of all time, now makes it to the big screen with Bohemian Rhapsody, the life story of lead singer Freddie Mercury. The film delves into the unique backstory that delivered Mercury both his drive for perfection and his dissatisfaction with every relationship he enters. When the UK’s famine relief concert, Band Aid, approaches, he must finally decide what matters to him most of all.


The script manages to cleverly incorporate many of Queen’s multitude of hits in a way that perfectly supports the story of Mercury’s life.


Obviously Mercury lived a flagrant homosexual life with excesses in alcohol and drugs to boot - but even here the film shies away from making that the point of his existence. In fact, these elements are more illustrations of a man who struggling to compensate for a lack of real love in his life.


Freddie Mercury is a man who, as the Queen song says, just wants to ‘find somebody to love’. But he uses that as an excuse to leave the ‘love of his life’ and pursue his own personal ‘bohemian rhapsody’. It’s very much like that Bible story about the prodigal son who turns his back on everything truly good in his life to follow his pleasures. But Freddie arrives at a point where he realises he’s got everything he WANTS and nothing he really NEEDS – and like that prodigal, his journey back to the light begins with a full and frank confession of his faults.


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